Aug. 22, 2011
Five University of Minnesota rowers have earned spots on the Big Ten Conference's Distinguished Scholar Athletes list.
To group were among 534 student-athletes from across the Big Ten, including 68 Gophers, to achieve the prestigious honor. In order to be considered a Distinguished Scholar Athlete, individuals must have compiled a 3.7 grade point average or higher during the previous academic year.
The list of Gopher rowers honored include: junior Madeleine Bourgeois (Leisure Studies); sophomore Natalie Foshag (Psychology); senior Molly Kalmoe (Ecology Evolution/Behavior and Physiology); junior Leah Rogotzke (History); and sophomore Jennifer VanVliet (Physiology).
In February of 2008, Big Ten Faculty Representatives established the conference academic recognition to supplement the Academic All-Big Ten program. Similar to the Academic All-Big Ten honor, Distinguished Scholar Award recipients must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution.
However, the Distinguished Scholar Award encompasses only student-athletes with a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school. The Academic All-Big Ten threshold is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for a student-athlete's academic career.
Congratulations to these hard-working student-athletes!
Minnesota Rowing - Distinguished Scholar Athletes
Madeleine Bourgeois, Jr., Leisure Studies, Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Natalie Foshag, So., Psychology, Los Angeles, Calif.
Molly Kalmoe, Ecology Evolution/Behavior and Physiology, St. Croix Falls, Wis.
Leah Rogotzke, Jr., History, Duluth, Minn.
Jennifer VanVliet, So., Physiology, Grand Rapids, Mich.